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The Dark Rise of the Knight

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on August 27, 2012

Two teachers discuss one with the other:

– Yesterday, I taught my dog to play chess

– Really? I knew the dog is one of the most intelligent animals, but I didn’t think you could teach him such a thing. What does he know until now?

– Nothing actually. I said taught him, I didn’t say he learned.

Probably there is no big surprise for anyone that Christopher Nolan’s new film has rapidly enter top box office [en, php] and Top 250 iMDB [en, php]. There almost seems to be a groove for “dark films”, because they are the “new cool”. The darker, the better.

It’s really hard to judge such a great film for the standard of its qualities: if I admit the film is great, then most will interpret that as a “green light” to go and savour it. But not all great films are meant to be seen, such as not all great songs are meant to be sang.

The prior “Dark Knight” already had some very clear elements of misleading the spectator into believing the milk is black: Batman assumes the fault for Harvey “Two Faces” Dent, to keep the clean image of the public hero; Batman uses intimacy-invasive hi-tech for tracing the enemy. Wouldn’t Obama just love such a figure, which can take the blame for up-scaling the post-Bush war machine?

As if this wasn’t enough, the 7th real life action film of the Batman saga “teaches” us (or, at least, tries to) some very interesting stuff:

  • those imprisoned for life without any rights are confirmed as bad guys by the fact that they all gang up against population, when being freed;

  • Jim Gordon telling the truth, as a police officer, is wrong;

  • Imprisoning people for an abusive decree is wrong, but it’s OK for the ones who did it to go unpunished and without repenting;

  • Batman’s old friends, even though don’t agree with his actions, are more than eager to help him;

  • childrens watching a nuclear bomb detonated just a few kilometers away doesn’t harm their eyes;

  • an atomic bomb being detonated a few kilometers away from the shore does not pose any real problems: It won’t come as a surprise in the next “Batman” we’ll see happy fishers on the shore (Fukushima, anyone?);

  • when you don’t fear death anymore, a mortal jump is OK;

  • In the end, the “good guy” can fly away with a “bad girl”;

  • It seems that nobody told Anne Hathaway that “based on comics” doesn’t mean she’s in a silly comedy – she keeps acting like she’s in one;

  • hope doesn’t come from God, it comes from Batman;

  • faith is broken when Batman is beaten;

  • salute the fire to rise… (maybe soon also off the screens?);

  • starting a new life might become impossible in a “peace time” when all the uncomfortable people are locked in and the key is thrown away;

    • In the movies, the “terrorists” are always scarier than in reality. Bane looks like he could eat Osama bin Laden on toast for the breakfast – by the way, has someone asked the question “how does Bane eat?”

  • if you are aware of all these things, than it’s still OK to enjoy the spectacle of violence.

And on, and on. What wonderful things for your children to learn, isn’t it? The bad news is that in the real life, terrorists are never “blown away” by comics heroes, but they have their phantoms chased

Christopher Nolan proves to be not only one of the best film directors at Hollywood, but also one of the most devious ones. Don’t get fooled by what you see on the big screen. There’s a war on your mind, and that of your children’s. When the Dark Knight rises, your offspring fall.

Making a very good movie is making nowadays critics to shut up.

My rating: 8/10.

The promo text from Warner Bros.: “Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “The Dark Knight Rises” is the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Leading an all-star international cast, Oscar(R) winner Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) again plays the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; Oscar(R) winner Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”), as Miranda Tate; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as John Blake. Returning to the main cast, Oscar(R) winner Michael Caine (“The Cider House Rules”) plays Alfred; Gary Oldman is Commissioner Gordon; and Oscar(R) winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby”) reprises the role of Lucius Fox.”

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